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Birth stories

Readers share their stories of births in Belgium. Click here for more ...

Abe’s birth, a new journey to...

So Cocoon doula and mum of 4, Julie Denil, shares the story of the birth of her son, Abe — baby no. 4 and her first boy! Find out how the right support helped protect Julie's birth bubble.

Dad's eye view

Dads share birth stories and their views on parenthood. Are you a dad who would like to share your story? Email hello@thevillage.be to find out more.

Dad’s eye view – the births of F and C

Irish-born Stephen tells us about the births of his two children, born in 2015 and 2017 in Brussels.

Guest articles

We're delighted to welcome articles from village partners! Click here for more ...

Do you have a first aid kit...

First aid instructor Kate Ellwood from Life First gives some advice on the 'must-haves', 'nice-to-haves', and 'why nots' to keep in your family first aid kit.

Facing the lion: Understanding and managing stress...

Yoga therapist Emily Gold gives some practical advice on dealing with 'fight or flight' stress responses when dealing with everyday stresses.

Parent-preneurs

Mums and dads share their stories about running their own business in Belgium. Click here for more ...

Chou&Chou – the mom...

US-born Taiwanese mum Pam Chou tells us how her popular 8-in-1 maternity and nursing cardigan came about.

Life after Belgium

All good things come to an end! Readers who have left Belgium reflect on life away from home. Click here for more ...

Back across the pond

American mum Becca, whose two children were born here in Brussels, shares some reflections about life in and after Belgium.

From Brussels to Dubai

Violaine Carnoy tells us about her family's move from grey Belgium to the sunny Middle-East.

the village blog

Creator of the village, Siobhán McGonigle, shares stories, recipes and ideas from Irish-Belgian-Danish family life.

Grandma’s got mail! –...

Despite living in an age when we can easily and cheaply video call with loved ones on the other side of the...

What does the research...

Discover some of the impacts that doula support has on birth outcomes and satisfaction with the overall birth experience, as well as what it is that makes it so effective.